Tag Archives: IGMA Guild School

An Ode to the Odd: The Castine Gallery

On almost any day in June of 1994, at about 8:00 a.m., if you were to head to downtown Castine from the Maine Maritime Academy–home to the IGMA’s annual Guild School mini camp—you might cut across Deadman’s Alley, turn down … Continue reading

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The Breeze and I—Putting a Roof on It

I was born under a lucky star. Not only did I grow up in a picturesque New England town, but for part of many summers my family explored coastal towns from Mass. to Maine by boat. I have in memory … Continue reading

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The Care and Feeding of Dollhouse Makers…

or, Fueling the Muse Part I: Get a Job The Mini Muse started a hunger strike about ten years into our stint as miniaturists. For most of those years we lived, mind and body, immersed in work (even though work was … Continue reading

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The Last of the Bungalows: A Labor of Love

1994 Bungalow teaching project, currently residing at the National Museum of Toys & Miniatures in Kansas City Our obsession with Charles & Henry Greene, and the Arts and Crafts Bungalow style, reached its finale in late 1994 when we started the … Continue reading

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The Summer House: “A Simple Cottage”

Sitting out a thunderstorm in Atlanta on our way home from teaching the Airplane Café in Maine, I suggested we go back to the ABC’s–come up with a simple project for our students. As fun as the three roadside stands … Continue reading

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The Airplane Cafe: Lunch on the Road

In the late and frivolous 1920s, Americans loved flying aces, motion pictures, and automobiles. America was motion crazy. We idolized the daring breed of ex-fighter pilots who flew the U.S. Mail Service by the seat of their pants. On the … Continue reading

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The Beach Cottage–“Cuter than a bug!”

As I pack up the Beach Cottage and the Garden Shed prototypes to send to their new owners, I’m feeling the tug of those days when we first built them. They are teaching samples for our first classes at the … Continue reading

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The Garden Shed: Bird Poo 101

The Gardener’s Shed, project #33, marked the start of our official teaching career. Prior to that our “teaching” was more like the blind leading the blind, as those of you who took our early garage classes in Seattle can attest … Continue reading

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